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2010………………….what a year!

It has been another whirl-wind year at The Eastbury and The Three Wishes and we can only hope 2011 will bring as much excitement!

 

We had an ITV Westcountry news reporter (and camera man!) join in our now infamous Pancake Race in Sherborne!

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We opened our new alfresco Bistro in the summer…………complete with woolly blankets!

The Bistro launch

We won Gold in the Taste of the West awards in the Restaurant category…..what a result

TOTW

We were awarded Silver for our environmental credentials by the Green Tourism Business Scheme ­ something the team is very proud of………

 

 Eastbury-team

And Ben our 18 year old Trainee Chef was crowned overall South West Chef of the Year……

 

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Not bad for 365 days!!! We are now all looking forward to Christmas and New Year and of course what 2011 will bring. We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year,

Nicky.

Cake 

 

 The Autumn Supper Club

 

Our Autumn Supper Club at The Eastbury was a real celebration of 2010 for many reasons and it was a fantastic night.  We celebrated winning Gold in the Taste of the West awards’ Restaurant Category; we celebrated the overwhelming success of my team of young chefs in various competitions over the past couple of years and we celebrated Nicky and Paul (the owners of The Eastbury) reaching their 10th year with the Hotel - which is why I had this lovely cake made for the occasion!

The supper was also very important as it gave me an opportunity to thank some of our wonderful local producers without which, we would never have enjoyed all the successes which we were celebrating. At the dinner there was Tim from the Somerset Cider Brandy Company; Ted and Jane who grow some of our veg; John Rowswell who also supplies me with fantastic veg; Mike from Honeycombe Shoot in Sherborne and George and Nick from Dorset Down Mushrooms, who supply me with …..well I’ll let you work that one out! It was great to able to thank them all in person on the night, and there are many more which I would like to thank for all the hard work they put in to producing such wonderful food so thanks guys!

We also welcomed John Sheaves, Chief Executive of Taste of the West and his wife, Becky who is Food Editor for the Western Morning News ­ and big thanks also go to them for their continued support.

The menu was a celebration in itself … a celebration of the Westcountry. From Honeycombe Shoot venison, to diver caught Lyme Bay scallops, and from blackberry posset with curd and caviar to roasted loin and slow cooked belly of Dorset pork with Monty’s mash, young carrots, crackling and Burrow Hill cider, it was a selection of the best the Westcountry has to offer …. and let me tell you that’s pretty much the best there is!

Cake

The supper was capped off with a cake that my team of chefs and I had been working on in secret ­ we called it the ‘farms, fields and suppliers of the Westcountry’ cake!

Brett.

 

 

 

 TOTW

 

A golden taste of the west  

 

On the back of our success in the Green Tourism Business Scheme, we now have another reason to celebrate - After winning Bronze in 2008, and Silver in 2009, we have now been awarded a Gold award in the Taste of the West (TOTW) Restaurant Category in 2010!

Over the past three years we have strived to ensure that the experience of eating at The Eastbury is always special and the Gold award from Taste of the West is a great big pat on the back! The TOTW awards take in all aspects of eating at a restaurant, from sourcing the perfect local produce that is perfectly in season, to the knowledge, care and attention of our front of house team, the way we serve, the atmosphere and the credit we give to local producers, everything is taken into account, so to win Gold is something we are all totally thrilled with.

Brett, our Head Chef has a cracking little team here which we are now looking to build in 2011. ­ Our young chefs have set the bar very high, with Ben, the youngest being crowned South West Chef of the Year for 2010, but we now need a trainee with equal drive and passion to help us achieve Gold again next year ­- so if that’s you please get in touch!

Nicky.

 

 Eastbury-team

 

 The green team!  

We recently mentioned on the blog that we are members of the Green Tourism Business Scheme, and as part of that our green credentials as a business were assessed. Last week we were awarded Silver for our environmental attributes ­ something we are very proud of!

 

 We strive every day to ensure that the Hotel is as green as it can possibly be whilst at the same time providing guests with the levels of luxury and comfort they have come to expect from us.  One of the key features highlighted was our commitment to local sourcing. Not just in terms of food but across the board. Brett and his team of Chefs do an awesome job of sourcing much of the ingredients for our menus from in and around Sherborne, but it doesn’t stop there!

 

Our housekeeping team (seen modelling in the picture!) for example, only use ‘Guarantee’ the great little laundrette in Sherborne. Our drinks are all sourced locally; from our cider made at Burrow Hill, to our Sicilian lemonade …..don’t worry that’s from Luscombe!

 

Our whole team here puts in a lot of hard work to make The Eastbury as green as possible and we don’t intend to stop ­ next up its sensory lights in the hallways, and then who knows from there!

 

Nicky. 

 

 

 

Gardens

Visit Eastbury

We recently welcomed the representative from Visit Britain to The Eastbury for our annual assessment. We just received the report back and we are all delighted with it!

 

Brett and our team of Chefs have won a lot of accolades over the past year or so including our trainee Ben winning South West Chef of the Year, which is something we are all immensely proud of. Schemes like Visit Britain though not only take account of our food, but also the housekeeping, maintenance, service and overall hospitality.

 

Our team work incredibly hard here to ensure that our guests have a relaxing and refreshing break and that means that everything is just right. From the impeccable local food, to crisp, clean, linen on the beds, the immaculate and inviting, warm and cosy lounge, to our beautiful walled gardens, everyone plays their part in making it all work.

 

We actually won an extra award for our breakfasts and our walled garden received special mention as a real asset for the Hotel, something our gardeners were very pleased about!

 

We have entered the Green Tourism Award’s and should hear back from their assessors soon ­ so fingers crossed for the next one!

 

Nicky.

 

 

Brett and Matt foraging for Rosehips 

 

The last days of summer

 

It’s been non-stop at the Hotel and The Three Wishes over the past few months, I haven’t had a moment to catch my breath, but as the Chef the things that are keeping me busy are exactly what you strive for. 

We opened the brand new alfresco Bistro with a new menu which we also serve in the Conservatory Restaurant. We’ve had over 20 beautiful weddings spread throughout the summer months, my youngest trainee Ben, has been crowned South West Chef of the Year, and I’ve begun writing a weekly recipe column for our local paper the Western Gazette in addition to my column in the Sherborne Community Times, both of which give me a great opportunity to talk about my favourite subject ­ brilliant local food producers!

As we move towards the final days of summer things don’t show too much sign of slowing down either. In the kitchen we are busy working on new menus for autumn and we are looking forward to our Autumn Supper Club on 3rd September.  Our seasonal Supper Clubs have been a great success, and they provide a real showcase for some of the fantastic flavours and produce we have locally.

The seven course Autumn Supper Club menu includes warm Poyntington, portabello custard with late summer truffle, Vulscombe goats’ cheese with marinated vegetables and for dessert, set tonka bean cream with foraged rosehips. I will also be serving something that most people will not have tried.   Think wild, foraged, plentiful and meaty.  I am prepared for controversy and plenty of comments, but I am convinced people will be very surprised.  Come along and find out for yourself and tell me what you think!

To find out more about the Supper Clubs or to book a table simply call 01935 813131.

Brett.

 

 

 

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